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Montwheeler won’t face death penalty

Anthony Montwheeler, from Nampa, is currently lodged in the Malheur County Jail. (Enterprise file photo)

VALE – Recent changes in the state’s criminal law mean Anthony Montwheeler likely won’t face the death penalty.

Montwheeler, of Nampa, is charged with a series of crimes from Jan. 9, 2017.

He is accused of kidnapping an ex-wife, Annita Harmon, and stabbing her to death outside an Ontario gas station.

He is charged with murder following a head-on crash on Oregon Highway 201 that killed Vale resident David Bates and injured his wife, Jessica.

Montwheeler initially faced counts of aggravated murder, three counts of murder, and one count each of first-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping.

Montwheeler pleaded not guilty to all counts in February in Malheur County Circuit Court. Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district . . .